Austrian process expertise in industrial plant construction is gaining ground

Posted by Martin Thaller (m.thaller) on 28.11.2012

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ACREG, the specialist in chemical plant construction with its headquarter in Vienna is extending the range of solutions for cold rolling mills to Siemens VAI Metals Technologies during the sale of its process expertise in acid regeneration.
By acquiring the chemo-technical know-how from ACREG Process Technology GmbH, and the numerous patents associated with it, SIEMENS VAI is now a full-range supplier in the area of cold rolling, and can also offer the required acid regeneration facility for pickling lines within the steel industry.

“Many years of successful cooperation with Siemens and good business development were the reasons for ACREG Management to pursue this acquisition by SIEMENS”, explains Markus Österreicher, Managing Director of ACREG. “Not only will our customers benefit from the worldwide distribution and service network of Siemens; beyond that we also want to intensify our research activities and set up a competence centre for acid management.”



Austrian know-how export in acid management for pickling plants
Through the integration of the process expertise of ACREG, technological leader in fully automatic hydrochloric acid regeneration plants, customers in the steel industry now have a complete portfolio of Siemens VAI at their disposal.
"By acquiring proven technologies of plants for regenerating pickling liquors and recycling of rinse water, we have complemented our range of solutions for cold rolling mills." explained Aashish Gupta, responsible for the worldwide continuous casting und rolling mill business at Siemens Metals Technologies with its headquarter in Linz, Austria.
With a strong partner and its global service network, customers are also warranted a competent service in after-sales support at the local level and in their respective language.
“With this strategic and logical step we expect a two-fold increase in incoming orders at Siemens VAI in this area and an increase in major projects in the next three years,” said co-owner Christian Plank, who is responsible for regeneration plants at Siemens with immediate effect. Setting up a competence centre for acid management in the cold rolling domain is one of the steps towards achieving this goal. The Managing Director of ACREG, Markus Österreicher, comments on this: “ACREG started in 2004 as a private SME with adequate capital resources. This decision will now allow execution of larger projects involving high investments. Under the new conditions, we can expedite our research projects and thus set new standards for “best available technologies” (BAT*) in the area of acid recovery.” Further: “As part of our medium to long-term planning, we want to set up a competence centre for acid management in cooperation with the colleagues in Linz and France. The aim is to develop further sustainable chemical plant construction using the principles of green technology.”
The integration process in already in full swing: ACREG is presently completing ongoing projects in Austria (Linz), Brazil, Russia and Central America, and will continue to provide consultation to its customers and work on smaller projects outside the SIEMENS VAI portfolio.

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Last changed: 29.11.2012 at 5:02 PM

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